Internships

VR provides vocational rehabilitation services to people with disabilities at offices and work training centers located across the state.

At any given time, more than 40,000 people are receiving services and more than 6,500 of them enter competitive employment each year.

"The internship at VR is a great tool that has helped me obtain real life experiences in the professional counseling field."
          —Chad Marks, South University

We offer internships and practicums for undergraduate and graduate students, providing them with valuable work experience and exposure to the vocational rehabilitation program.

Graduate Students - Counseling

VR offers paid internship opportunities to graduate students at universities whose programs meet the Comprehensive System of Personnel Development (CSPD).

Students enrolled in eligible counseling programs at accredited institutions are invited to experience this personally rewarding profession through our internship program.

Institutions with eligible counseling programs include (but are not limited to):

  • The Citadel
  • Clemson University
  • East Carolina University
  • Francis Marion University
  • SC State University
  • South University
  • University of North Carolina Charlotte
  • University of South Carolina
  • Webster University
  • Winston Salem University
  • Winthrop University

Benefits

Exposure to the Vocational Rehabilitation program provides you a hands-on opportunity to work with individuals with disabilities and apply skills and techniques acquired through your coursework to a work experience. The program also may provide potential employment opportunities to qualified individuals.

"These internships have provided excellent opportunities for our students to enhance their development as rehabilitation counselors. In fact, they have resulted in more than 50 of our students securing employment with VR."
          —Dr. David Staten, SC State University

You will acquire valuable tools by participating in counselor orientation and in-service training and attending team meetings, workshops and other training sessions.

You will work with VR staff members to provide rehabilitation services to clients and develop work opportunities for them. You will also learn referral development, vocational assessment, eligibility determination, how to develop Individualized Plans for Employment and implement planned services, job-readiness training, vocational counseling, case documentation and case management.

Expectations

Interns must:

  • Comply with the agency's administrative and client service policies and procedures.
  • Comply with the work schedule.
  • Actively participate in all assignments.
  • Develop work opportunities utilizing community resources.

How to Apply

To apply for a paid graduate internship at VR you must:

  • Be a graduate student in the area of Rehabilitation Counseling, Counseling, Counseling and Psychology.
  • Complete a state application.
    • Under the Position applying for section of the application include the following:
      • Internship
      • Year and semester desired
      • Geographic preference(s) for serving your internship
        (i.e., the VR local area offices at which you would like to work)
    • List any practicum experience under the Additional Information section of the application.
  • Submit a copy of your transcript.
  • Submit a letter of recommendation from the college Dean or Internship Coordinator.

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Send your application materials to:

Human Resources

Attn: Cathy Smith

1410 Boston Ave., PO Box 15
West Columbia, SC 29171-0015

Or fax it to: 803-896-6558

For more information, contact:

Cathy Smith at 803-896-6553

 

 

 

 

 


Practicum, graduate (non-counseling degree programs) and undergraduate students

We encourage internships and practicums with colleges and universities whose programs offer a curriculum that aligns student skills with VR's future needs.

Benefits

You have the opportunity to work with individuals with disabilities and apply skills and techniques acquired through your coursework to a work experience. The program also may provide potential employment opportunities to qualified individuals.

Expectations

Interns must:

  • Work in a team environment.
  • Interact with agency staff and other professionals.
  • Participate in designated orientation and in-service training.
  • Develop work opportunities utilizing community resources.
  • Attend team meetings, workshops and other relevant training.

How to Apply

To apply for an internship/practicum at SCVRD:

Send your application materials to:

Human Resource Development Center

Attn: Zentra Choice

1410 Boston Ave., PO Box 15
West Columbia, SC 29171-0015

Or fax it to: 803-896-5661

For more information, contact:

Zentra Choice at 803-896-6530

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